My story is just like many entrepreneurs. I started and grew my business as much as I could. Then I lost control. I started fighting to find the missing Tip, Trick or Silver Bullet I needed to finally let the company’s growth explode. After 7 long years I was frustrated and burnt out. I wondered if I had lost the passion that I once had for the business I had created. Then I figured it out. I had been thinking about it all wrong. What I finally learned helped me eventually sell the business. Then I was asked to run the growth strategy for the company who bought mine where we tripled the revenue in less than three years. What I found was:
1. Every business needs a system to run. There is a way. There is a manual. Use what is proven to work and only spend your energy on figuring out how to win.
2. Every business needs a visionary and an integrator. I am a textbook visionary, which means that I face all of the challenges that come with visionary characters. I need someone to help me execute and get things done. I also needed to learn that is okay.
3. Vision without traction is a daydream; traction without vision is mediocrity. With vision and traction, the business achieves health and glory! In other words, the business is set up to win. That’s my story. If you're willing, I'd love to hear yours.
Mark holds a BAAS from University of North Texas.